fourfold division of the country, but set up an oligarchy of ten in each
division. Philip, whose policy was to divide and conquer, would be unlikely
to centralize the government. It is just possible that dekadarxi/an may be a mistaken amplification of *d'arxi/an=tetrarxi/an, but in that case the singular would be strange.
Owing to the decarchies which Lysander imposed on so many free cities at the
end of the Peloponnesian war, the number ten would have the same sinister
associations in Greece as it had at
Rome and at Venice. would be established among
them, as it is today, or that the same man who restored to them the Amphictyonic
meeting at Thermopylae would
also appropriate their own peculiar revenues? Impossible! But so it came to
pass, as all men may know.